Nature World

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Aritst: David Lefkowitz
August 1 - September 21, 1997
Minnesota Artists Gallery

Through a diverse body of work merging the traditions of Western representational oil painting with objects and images from contemporary consumer culture, David Lefkowitz addressed society's conflicting perceptions of nature. His paintings, mixed-media pieces, and sculpture reveal the complexity of our relationship with the environment and reflect his interest in the various systems we humans have developed to organize our world. His unusual painting formats-dimensional lumber, trading card, Styrofoam containers-are intended to suggest this nature/culture dilemma.

Lefkowtiz's landscape paintings on eight-foot sections of 2-by-4 point directly to the consequences of the industrial harvesting of lumber and encourage the viewer to consider the connection between commercial products and the natural world. His nature-trading-card and postcard paintings explore the phenomenon of the souvenir as a surrogate for place and the human desire to possess or remember a locale or experience.


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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, July 31, 1997 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-led tour: August 24, 1997 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Public slide lecture: September 7, 1997 in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

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